Sunday, September 17, 2006

Blog, blog, blog

Blog, blog, blog. Seeing as this week's prompt is to google something you want to find out more about, i googled the blog itself. Apparently it first started to take off in 1999, and today there are more than 20 million blogs worldwide. Dictionaries now house terminology related to this phenomena, such as

'blogorrhea': Typically refers to meaningless ranting and raving on a blog

'blogrolling': Creating a blog. Blogrolling tools are available to simplify the job of adding and removing links. It also may imply trading links between blog sites to increase the list.

'blognosing': Sucking up to people with the hopes of getting linked in their blog. From "brown-nosing."

'War blog': A blog that came into being after 9/11 and deals with the war against terrorists.

'dooced': Neologism. To get dooced is to lose one's job because of one's website. The term was coined by blogger Heather B. Armstrong, after she was fired for writing stories about her colleagues on her blog Dooce.com. Her advice to bloggers is never to write about their work on the Internet unless their boss knows and sanctions the fact that they are doing so. (Who would do that?)

'Escribitionist': a person who keeps a diary or journal via electronic means, and in particular, publishes their entries on the world wide web. The word was coined in June 1999 by Erin Venema, an online diarist, in the course of a discussion on a mailing list for web journalers. At issue was how to distinguish web journal authors from keepers of traditional paper-and-ink diaries.

"moblogging": posting to the internet from a portable or mobile device

'blogdote': jokes, humour, anecdotes and funny stories posted on a blog... such as this one from Rach's blog:
Japan Police versus Darth Vadar

3 comments:

Cookie Monster said...

Ha Ha Blognosing... the last blog "thanks you my love" was really special keep em coming..

Kim G. said...

This was so interesting! Thanks for sharing this history/pop culture lesson on this great medium. I read a statistic recently that a new blog is added every 2.5 seconds! Wow - that's quicker than babies are entering the world!

I just had the chance last week to meet five other bloggers in person. It was so cool to know that they really were like what they write and not putting up any false fronts. I'm sure there are some out there who color their truth, but these ladies were fantastic and I'm so glad I was able to meet them! Thanks for the great post!

Madeleine said...

hey Nat, they didn't mention 'bloggeritis'- a condition which i suffer from when i am away from my computer for more than a 24 hour period.

great googling!!!

you also didn't mention 'saddo'-yep that's me!!

love you sis

xxx